april festival in paro Enjoying and witnessing the festivals of an entirely new country, somehow,  is the best way to gain insight into its culture and tradition. In the high-traveling season, April, when the Paro Tsechu is held on, tourists all over the world visiting Bhutan will have a chance to immerse in the culture of this Buddhist country as in the festival, you can indulge yourself in the traditional performance like mask dances, performed by monks and laymen, folk dance by Woochu people and  the dancers from the Paro valley. Then, on the last day of the Tsechu, the Thanka or Thongdrel is unfurling very early in the morning. In every Bhutanese’s faith, the Buddhist painting plays an essential role in their present life as well as after their death. It could be a great opportunity to witness the way that Bhutanese people dress at the festival.

Start/End: Paro/ Paro
Time: 04 – 08, April 2020
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Tour Route:  Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Tour Highlights:

  • Visit and indulge in the vibrant capital city – Thimphu
  • Discover the unique culture of Bhutan
  • Experience Religious Festivals in Bhutan
  • Enjoy the main part of the tour – Paro Festival
  • Visit and witness several Temples & Monasteries in Bhutan
  • Feeling blessed from the Thongdrel Ceremony
  • A city tour to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha

Tour Category: Bhutan Festival Tours
Tour customize: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guide/s: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide or Other Languages depends on your Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Paro Arrival – Transfer to Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu Stay
Day 3: Transfer from Thimphu To Punakha
Day 4: Transfer from Punakha to Wangdi – Paro Festival
Day 5: Taktsang Goemba Hiking Trip
Day 6: Paro Departure

  • Full Itinerary
  • Inclusion & Exclusion

Day 1: Arrival to Paro – Transfer to Thimphu

After admiring the stunning view of the world’s highest peaks, Ganngkar Puenshum, on the comfortable seat, you then arrive in the beautiful Paro Valley as you land. Your representative will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival and both of you will drive to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in the area, then have lunch in Paro town.

After lunch, you will be driven to Thimphu along a river valley and you can take a glance at small villages and traditional farmhouses. On reaching Thimphu, we will have a short hike (Wangditse Hike), starting from BBS tower to Dechenphodrang, through pine forest. Participating in the hike, you will see how beautiful the Thimphu town is as it gives you a sweeping vista of this city capital. Later, in the evening, visit the Tashi Chho Dzong, then have dinner and overnight in Thimphu.
Note: Visiting Tashi Chho Dzong is an optional activity. If you arrive in Paro in the afternoon or evening,

Dechenphodrang - Paro festival

Day 2: Thimphu Stay

Waking up and starting your second day in Bhutan by marveling the sunrise (if you want), then you begin the sightseeing in Thimphu after breakfast, visit Memorial Chorten where memorizes the third King late Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the temple inside will give an insight into tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. Visit Mothithang mini zoo to take a look at Bhutan’s National Animal (Takin), then come to Zulikha Nunnery, the Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery which is home to sixty nuns engaging in Buddhist study and practicing. There are several destinations you will pay a visit to such as the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase or the 19-century farmhouse, reflecting the lifestyle of the Bhutanese family, and the National Library where preserves many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Have lunch in Thimphu.

In the afternoon, visit Paper Factory where produces Bhutanese traditional papers and other paper products. Then, head to Weaving Center where there are very few places that you can watch weavers at work.
Overnight at Thimphu Hotel.

bhutanese farm house - paro festival tours

Day 3: Transfer from Thimphu to Punakha

Your third day will begin with a trip to Punakha, driving over dochula pass (3150m). It will be great to marvel at 108 small stupas stretching along the pass and the stunning vista of the eastern Himalayan Mt range. On reaching Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan and have lunch in Punakha. En route, we head to Chhimi Lhakhang, one of the most well-worth visiting temple because of its unique outside look, interior furniture as well as its history. Then, we continue to drive to Punakha. In the evening, you will be free to discover Punakha your way. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

dochula pass - bhutan paro festival tour

Day 4: Transfer Punakha to Wangdi – Paro | Enjoy Paro Festival Tour

Wake up and have breakfast, then drive to Dochula Pass – Paro. On the way back to Paro, once again, we will get a chance to behold the gorgeous view of the Himalayan Mt range. Along the way back, stop and take photos wherever you want. Have lunch in Paro. The afternoon will start by enjoying the Paro Festival. Later, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

paro tsechu festival tour

Day 5: Taktsang Goemba Hiking Trip

Today, we will enjoy a hike to the Paro Taktshang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest) to witness the most famous, beautiful, and sacred monastery in Bhutan. The trail will take about 2 hours long and on the way heading up to the monastery, we will climb through the pine forest where converges many trees festooned with Spanish moss. Lunch at Taktshang cafeteria.

After lunch, back to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan. Later, dinner at Paro, then you will be free to stroll around Paro Valley town, witness the nightlife in such a beautiful area. Overnight at the hotel.

Thongdrel Ceremony - best paro festival tour

Day 6: Paro Departure

Say farewell to Bhutan. After breakfast, your representative will meet you, pick you up, and both you will drive to the Paro International Airport for your flight. Thank you very much for choosing us to be your partner on your Bhutan tour and we always look forward to seeing you again to Bhutan.

paro departure - bhutan paro festival tour 6 days

What’s Included?

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by the private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide
  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Bottle of drinking water
  • Domestic air tickets
  • English speaking local tour guide in each city
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers and sightseeing by private air-conditioned car

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes (Visa)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary